Why Strength Training is Good for Your Brain Function

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Getting stronger from strength training benefits both your body and brain function in so many ways! Are you regularly practicing strength training? If not, why not? OK, I can already hear some of you saying “but I hate going to the GYM .”

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I’ll get to that in a minute, but first here are a few important BENEFITS of strength training for both your body and brain.

Benefits of Strength Training for Your Body and Brain Function

  • strengthens your joints
  • increases the density of your bones helping to prevent osteoporosis
  • increases muscle mass
  • improves your endurance
  • decreases insulin levels
  • stimulates the release of growth hormone which improves just about everything else.

Did you know that women who do NOT strength train lose 7 lbs of muscle every
10 years?

This reduces your metabolism because your muscles are your furnace.

Now for those of you who say you don’t like going into the GYM, I hear you. Maybe,
though, you can turn that GYM into something creative that changes HOW you think about gyms!

And here’s another way to look at strength training from a different point of view.

Creative Ways to Get Strong

When you hike or run and see some grass get down and crank out some push ups.

Or if you pass a kid’s playground, become those kids and start using the monkey bars for chin ups.

Or how about as you carry groceries into the house using those bags as weights and
practice squatting, or the gallons of water you carry from the store to the car become
weights for shoulder presses?!

You see, the reason for having a strong body is so that we are FUNCTIONALLY fit.
YOUR GYM is everywhere!

Test this for yourself and see if getting strong isn’t more fun when you see the potential gym all around you.

Final Thoughts

And always remember, you can get healthy, active and fit at any age! Getting strong
is NOT an option, it’s a must for both body and brain health! Strength training both protects and improves brain function. Who doesn’t want that, right?

If you feel stuck and need additional support to adopt a new healthy habit or routine, consider working with me. We can partner up in setting goals, drawing on your skills and strengths, and implementing strategies to help you find your way to lasting healthy success.

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For over 15 years, Shelli has been a freelance writer and wellness coach on Joyinmovement. She writes about brain fitness, creating a healthy lifestyle, traveling the world, and making positive habits stick. Stop procrastinating! Take action, join her free newsletter.

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